The Hybrid approach to treating hypoplastic left heart syndrome was developed at Nationwide Children's, and it spares the baby open heart surgery until the baby is older and bigger. The Hybrid procedure is done in a specialized suite that is a combined operating room and cardiac catheterization room. The child does not require heart-lung bypass for the first stage. It can be used on smaller weight infants and for families who request alternative non-blood medical management. Stage 1 usually is done within the first week of life.
The Heart Center is among only a handful of centers in North America that offer a service dedicated to single ventricle patients and their families.
When his mom was 19 weeks pregnant, a routine ultrasound revealed that Owen had a heart condition called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) is a condition where the left side chambers of the heart develop too small to work effectively.